Meet Our Team
The Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society will partner with other organizations to promote the cultural and economic development of our community. The collections, operations, and programs, along with our rejuvenated museum facility, will be consistent with the high standards and progressive approach expected of a community museum.
The Vision will be re-visited at least every five years to ensure that it remains appropriate for our capabilities and activities.
Board of Directors
Robert Orth – Treasurer
Robert is a retired Civil Engineer who was born in England and graduated from London University. He spent his early career building deepwater facilities in the UK, Saudi Arabia, East Africa and Polynesia. After obtaining a certification in Accounting from the London School of Economics he came to Canada in 1980 and has held Director positions at the University of Lethbridge, UBC and North Island College. His project management consulting company was responsible for the construction of a combined Theatre, Art Gallery and Museum for the City of Medicine Hat and a Library Information Centre for the University of Lethbridge. Since retiring he has served several terms as Treasurer for the Lethbridge Astronomy Society.
Og wil a Recalma – QFN Liaison
Og wil a, (Bill) started his term on the QBH&MS board in November 2018. Bill was born in 1952 and has lived in the Qualicum area his entire life. He lived in Victoria for 19 years and returned home. He commercial fished for 25 years which ended in a fishing accident. He belongs to the Qualicum First Nation and was on the Band council for two terms in 1988. He
went to Sprott-Shaw College to become a care aid which he continues to do. He also instructs a young men’s group on Life Skills. He is eager to be a member of the Qualicum Beach Collection Committee and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of the Qualicum area.
Laurie Richards – Secretary
Greetings! My name is Laurie and together with my Australian Labradoodle puppy, Ashley, we moved to Eaglecrest on Thanksgiving weekend, 2020. In keeping with health awareness, our social circle is small but gratifying. The cul-de-sac neighbours is wonderful and volunteering in Oceanside is a great opportunity to meet people. Friendly dog-walkers on Qualicum’s forested trails, meadows and sandy beaches provide stories and directions to places well worth discovering. Oceanside is a slice of Heaven. When the QB Museum reached out for volunteers I found a jewel of civic pride! My years of experience in the Museum of Vancouver is an excellent path into our Museum which is packed with social history and paleo history of this area. The exhibits attach intrigue and importance to the stories circulating of Qualicum Beach. My adult daughters and spouses live in Kitsilano in Vancouver, with pets which include Ashley’s older sibling, named Finley as well as two feisty bunny rabbits, named Basil and Lily. I enjoy classical music and baking … the ideal rainy Saturday morning is in the kitchen baking blueberry scones before going to the cinema to watch a performance of LIVE at The NY MET.
Chris Lemphers – Past President
Chris is a graduate of Langara College, Dalhousie and UBC. He has extensive experience in working with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada in BC and Alberta. During his 36 years career, Chris practiced in Community Health, Nursing Education and latterly in Nursing Management. Over the last 6 years, Chris assisted the Nuu-Chah-Nulth tribal council Nursing programs in Nursing Management. Museums and valuing community heritage has always been an area of interest.
Cliff Craven – Director
Cliff’s company Target Multi-Media Inc is an award winning communication company covering a broad scope of subject matter, including Museums, Educational, Marketing, & Economic Development. Museum projects include Royal BC Museum, Nk’ Mip Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, Qualicum Beach and Parksville Museums. Cliff has produced for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and APTN. Subject matter includes Shamans of the Amazon, Anaconda’s in Venezuela, Yukon’s hard rock miners, Wildland Fire Fighters to Legends of the Okanagan First Nation. Target’s various projects have involved theatre & exhibit design, Mobile & Internet interpretive solutions and staging of large events.
Audrey Cope – Director
I came to Qualicum Beach 30 years ago and raised our son in this beautiful village. I remember many wonderful excursions to the museum with him. I grew up in New Jersey and lived in Washington DC before marrying my Canadian husband and coming to Qualicum Beach. My husband and I own a very busy aluminum boat design business and love boating when we have time. I was also involved in the travel business for many years. I look forward to serving on the Board of the Qualicum Beach Museum.
David Ireland – Vice President
David is a retired Royal Canadian Navy naval combat systems engineer whose technical background and personal interests now find a fulfilling outlet in his wish to assist museum staff in realizing many of the design, construction, and maintenance projects they wish to progress. Born and raised in Victoria, David’s family often vacationed in the Oceanside area, enjoying the local beaches, exploring the surrounding countryside, and camping (free of charge) at a number of
locations now long since disappeared.
Prior to joining the Navy, David was employed in truck driving, commercial fishing, technical sales, government radio systems installations & maintenance and even as a baker’s assistant … which all contributed to a life-long curiosity, a willingness to assist, and a confidence to build or repair most anything that might be useful to the museum.
David also serves as President of the Mid Island Radio Association (MIRA), Vice-President of the Oceanside Community MakerSpace (OCMS), and as a member of the Oceanside Emergency Communications Team (OECT) … an organization devoted to providing emergency radio services when required by civil authorities, when disaster strikes.
About Our Society
In search of a “fireproof” building to accommodate the group, the Township purchased a half-acre piece of land from BC Hydro in 1985 on which stood the original brick and steel Power House. This building, constructed in 1929 had housed the two British diesel engines which produced electricity for the Town and surrounding area until it went on grid in 1935. The “Power House” building, possibly the last of the early style Power House buildings, was restored and designated as a heritage building. This allowed the Society to start receiving artifacts. A Vivian Diesel Engine, similar to the one that served as the back-up generator in the Power House, was purchased from a BC Hydro facility located at Daisy Lake near Squamish and was restored by members of the Society. It is currently displayed within the Power House.
As the Museum lacked the appropriate space for archives, workshops and storage, the Annex was built in 2001 by community volunteers with donated materials. It now houses Accessioning and Archives as well as storage for many of the artifacts that cannot be displayed due to space limitations.
The planning and labour to establish the Museum land and present buildings has been accomplished through the hard work of its dedicated founders and subsequent members, who have given thousands of volunteer hours to accomplish their collective vision.
This vision involved other historical buildings in the community that would have been lost, but have been lovingly restored and now stand as touchstones to the past.
The museum could not function without the dedicated volunteers who are active in many areas. Volunteers help with archives and collections, museum reception, school programs, semi-annual ‘work bees’ and special events such as Children’s Museum Day and Tea at TOSH.